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Yo, Sven! Did I yust invent der skiboggen?

 
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I needed something to haul wood into the house.
The plastic sleds were breaking too easy.
Used skis are cheap sooo...
skiboggen by vwfatmobile, on Flickr
Ain't she pretty?
Fits right through the front door and up to the woodburner.
My buddy Buck named it.
 
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Uff da!!!
 
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Craig: Nice skiboggen!! Are those snow skis or water skis? I'm afraid I'm clueless and can't tell them apart.
Just flipped though your flikr pictures, are those all your work? The cob (mud) stove is lovely! If you did that one, post it here on permies in the rocket oven forum, that's nice work!
And I'm amused that you fight with Rabbits.  I do Bugs :)
Excellent first post, welcome to permies, always good to meet more creative minds!
 
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Those look like really old downhill skis to me.  In the last 20 years they've become curvier.
 
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That's an excellent reuse of materials. I'm going to have to remember that one.

I think I would perhaps experiment with fewer runners and a superstructure atop it, but I wouldn't complicate the design; that's part of the appeal, I think.

More surface area will keep it from bogging down under a heavy load, though, come to think of it. I suppose if you have friction issues, you can always wax the bottom.

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My issue with sleds is that they tip over in deeper snow.  One side or the other tends to fall down into my footprints unless I pack the trail really wide first which is a pain.  If I make one it will be noticeably wider than my normal winter paths so it can straddle them.
 
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Damnit. I can't un-see this. I'll have to consider picking up the free skis at the transfer station now!!!
Of course, I'm now well invested in snow removal with a new tractor snowblower....

I like the ribs holding it together, and see opportunity to capture bins or crates in between to keep a load organized.
 
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I just figured out your signature (Nails are sold by the pound, that makes sense.)...
6 penny nails, 10 penny nails, 16 penny nails... centsible
 
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Can't unsee it, that's funny.
It's just so colorful.
I showed it to the neighbor kids they didn't know what to say, just stood there.
They had never seen skis before.
The next day I got their opinion; it's so cool, you're so weird.
Which is exactly what I was going for ha.

Those are old downhill skis.
I just measured it.
53 inches long.
18 inches at the front
and 15.5 inches across the back.
I did cut some off the back of the skis,.. about a foot on some.
Hey Kenneth where do you get free skis?
What's a transfer station?
Best I can do is a buck a set in the spring when second hand stores are dumping them.
They are about $5 a set now.

 I don't know if it's because it's so wide at the front and narrow at the rear
but it doesn't seem to tip to the side as easy as my plastic sleds did.
They were quite narrow at the front.
I know what you mean by that.
My plastic sleds would tip to the side more easily in my footprints.
They'd dump the load.
Maybe the 45 degree skis on the side help with that too.
Each ski has 2 screws per rib, counter sunk in.

I did wax the skis,.. with car wax. That helped it slide and helped keep the snow from sticking to it a little.

I'll get some mud/lorena stove pictures posted some time.
I did post them on vwdieselparts.com in the project fora for anyone that doesn't want to wait.
There are a few other projects I'd like to post here too.

I haven't seen one before and was wondering if anyone else had.
Is it possible I invented der skiboggen?
So simple. It seems like someone would have thought of this before.

It's pretty heavy.
I haven't taken it down a hill yet.
Might put some of that blue roll-up camper mat foam on it before I hit the sledding hill.
 
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Craig, the "transfer station" in our town is often referred to as "the dump" by many, however it is not truly a dump (final resting site for refuse).
It is a site for aggregating/sorting refuse and recyclables before hauling them away, and for composting yard waste. We don't have curbside pickup of refuse/recyclables in our town, residents have to either bring their things to the transfer station or make their own arrangements for a waste service.
Outside of the winter months, there is also "swap shop" at the T.S. where good, usable items may be left for others to take for free. Old skis show up here often, usually just before the winter, and first thing in the spring.
 
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Damn, that's handy,.. a place where the garbage can be brought to and sorted through.

I forgot to mention that in the construction process I took a cut off wheel to the sides near the tips.
Someone mentioned earlier that the new ones were curvy.
 This had a bit of an hour glass shape that would not let them be set closely side-by-side.
 To get the center ones to fit tighter I trimmed some from the sides of the front area near the curve.

These were downhill skis.
Cross country skis have straight sides that allow them to sit tightly together but are more narrow,.. and generally much longer.
I cut the length down to make turns easier
But water skis and even snowboards could probably be used and still technically be called a skiboggen.

So no one has seen this done before?
Because I'm about to declare myself the inventor of der skiboggen.
Get my place in the history books.
Maybe be an answer on Jeopardy someday.

Craig Howard
inventor of der skiboggen, eww!
Lots of letters,..
I'll need a bigger headstone.

Don't worry, I'm not going to patent it and sell out to BIG SLED.
This is my gift to humanity. hehe.
 
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